Information & Communications Technology (ICT) in Schools

Digital Learning Framework for Schools

A new Digital Learning Framework for primary and post primary schools has been developed by the Department and is being rolled out to all schools in the 2018/2019 school year.

The Digital Learning Framework represents one of the key supports envisaged under the Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020. In implementing the Digital Learning Framework, schools and teachers are given a structure which allows them to identify where they are on the journey towards embedding digital technologies in teaching, learning and assessment, and enable them to progress in that journey.

The roll out is being supported by a range of continuous professional development resources, including national seminars and webinars. The framework is accompanied by Digital Learning Planning Guidelines which will assist in the development of a whole school Digital Learning Plan.

While it is now rolled out to all schools, the implementation of the Framework was initially trialed in a cross sectoral representative sample of approximately 30 primary and 20 post primary schools in the 2017/2018 year. Those schools selected to participate in the trial (following receipt of expressions of interest before the closing date October 2nd, 2017) received intensive support and mentoring from fellow professionals. They had the opportunity to assist in developing this Framework, as part of overall Department policy, which will help to transform teaching and learning in Irish schools. Participating schools received specific inputs and supports that enabled them to fully embrace the implementation of the Digital Learning Framework. This was also a valuable opportunity for the Department to gain knowledge and insight on teaching and learning using digital technologies, and to facilitate the implementation of the Digital Learning Framework across all schools.

There was also an external evaluation of the framework by the Education Research Centre. The final report on this trial evaluation of the frameword by the Education Research Centre was published in October 2018.

The outcome of the trial and of the external evaluation informed the national roll out of the Framework in September 2018.

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